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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>The Stanford Prison Experiment</i>'s Michael Angarano Plays a Very Different Kind of Character

The Stanford Prison Experiment's Michael Angarano Plays a Very Different Kind of Character

Decades after the Stanford Prison Experiment, Dr. Philip Zimbardo's 1971 study on the psychology of imprisonment, we continue to see incidents — from Guantanamo Bay to Abu Ghraib — that demonstrate the systemic influence on individuals in social…
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Film, "Thin Ice": Comedy Crumbles Despite Notable Cast

"Thin Ice": Comedy Crumbles Despite Notable Cast

Working the long con and damn near getting away with it, this kissing cousin to Fargo, Cedar Rapids, and last year's Win Win makes for a surprisingly entertaining and nonderivative February time-passer, its wretched mid-winter Wisconsin setting notwithstanding. (Minnesota subs…
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Film, Gender Pretender

Gender Pretender

Let's just get the term out of the way up front. The term is "fag hag" -- and a thousand pardons, sensitive readers, but there is no PC equivalent. This new film, Stage Beauty, is an absolute fag-hag fiesta. Beneath…
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Film, Desperately Seeking <i>Anima</i>

Desperately Seeking Anima

O! Sweet vulture of love! Picking through the bones and sinew of doe-eyed fools the world around! How exquisite is thy rending, how blissful the release! Spirits in crimson rivulets swirled, souls as carrion shredded! Two vibrant hearts made still…
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Eight Isn't Enough

Silver lining or slender thread? That question nags at me as I go over my best-of-the-year list. There were some terrific movies in 1998 -- eight, according to my count. But the average film keeps on getting worse. If movies…
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